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94 W. Va. L. Rev. 11 (1991-1992)
A Free Market Analysis of the Effects of Medical Malpractice Damage Cap Statutes: Can We Afford to Live with Inefficient Doctors

handle is hein.journals/wvb94 and id is 21 raw text is: A FREE MARKET ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTS
OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DAMAGE CAP
STATUTES: CAN WE AFFORD TO LIVE WITH
INEFFICIENT DOCTORS?
FRANKLIN D. CLECKLEY*
GovIND HARIHARAN**
I.   INTRODUCTION ........................................................    12
II.   MEDICAL MALPRACTICE TORT REFORM ........................                 19
A.    Impetus for Tort Reform          .................................  19
B.    Types of Reform        Measures ................................   28
C.    Effectiveness of Reform        ...................................  30
III. MEDICAL MALPRACTICE TORT REFORM IN WEST
VmGnIA ................................................................  33
A.     West Virginia Medical Practice Act ...................            35
B.    Malpractice Insurance Act ................................         37
C.    Medical Professional Liability Act ......................          39
1.   Section 55-7B-3: Elements of Proof ..............             39
2.   Section    55-7B-4: Health       Care Injuries, Limi-
tations of Actions, Exceptions ......................         41
3.   Section    55-7B-5: Health       Care Actions, Com-
plaint; Specific Amount of Damages Not To Be
Stated ......................................................  42
4.   Section 55-7B-6: Pretrial Procedures ..............           43
5.   Section 55-7B-7: Testimony of Expert Witness
on Standard of Care ...................................       44
6.   Section    55-7B-8: Limit on        Liability  for Non-
economic Loss ............................................    45
7.   Section 55-7B-9: Joint and Several Liability ...              46
* Arthur B. Hodges Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law; A.B. 1962,
Anderson College; J.D. 1965, Indiana University at Bloomington; LL.M. 1969, Harvard University.
** Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, West Virginia University. M.A. 1983, U. Delhi,
Ph.D., 1990, S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, New York.
We are extremely thankful to Cedar J. Mansour, Vito Mussomeli and especially Louis Palmer for
their excellent research assistance. We would also like to thank colleagues Robert Bastress, Jeff Lewin and
former professor Patrick Heleen for their helpful and thoughtful comments.

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